Reduce Nasopharyngeal Viral Load

Angie SzumlinskiHealth, Studies

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is primarily transmitted person-to-person through the aerosolization of droplets containing contaminated nasopharyngeal secretions. Povidone iodine (PI) solutions at concentrations as low as 0.5% rapidly inactivate SARS-CoV-2 in vitro with contact times as short as 15 seconds.

Nasopharyngeal decolonization may reduce the carriage of infectious SARS-CoV-2 in adults with mild to moderate COVID-19. Thyroid dysfunction occurred in 42% of the patients exposed to Povidone Iodine, with spontaneous resolution upon treatment discontinuation.

The data calls for a larger clinical trial to confirm the benefit of PI in limiting the excretion and resulting human-to-human transmission of SARS-Co-V-2, using lower PI concentrations to minimize adverse effects. Another great research project; thank you researchers!

Stay the course, stay well, mask up, get vaccinated, and stay tuned!